Reviewed: August 1999
Released: 1998, Independent
Oklahoma City’s Monument was formed in 1993 and have opened for the likes of Flotsam & Jetsam, Manifest Destiny and Nevermore. Monument’s music is mediocre metal taking a mixture of Bay area thrash and NYC hardcore. Thankfully it’s the thrash that primarily shines through, but in places the hardcore influences are too pronounced. “Resting Place” is the bands second demo, the first being “Dust” recorded in March 1995. Between demos the band switched singers offering what Monument call a “more aggressive and in your face” approach.
Band members Kevin Courtney (drums) & Chad Callaway (bass) succeed at laying down a concrete foundation upon which guitarist Sean Kelly plays some fairly aggressive meaty metal riffs. Unfortunately the “roof” on this structure (Kirk Callaway) is not as strong and needs work. It’s the vocals that hold this band back. They have somewhat of a hardcore (therefore non-melodic) edge to them and nothing special really stands out. His vocals are more melodic on the track “Judgment” and are more to my liking. It’s when the vocals get aggressive that they loose their power and take on the hardcore edge.
CD highlights include – the opening track “In The Name”, “The Game” (I like the thrashing intro on this one). The solo on “Reflections” although non-blistering sounded pretty cool by using a sound effect something like what I’ve heard from Chuck Schuldiner. “Mortal Divinity” is an upbeat thrasher that has some nice drumming. The vocals on the chorus of this one brings to mind thrash bands of old. Fans of bands like Pantera, Flotsam & Jetsam and Biohazard might be into this.
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